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Mark Streit takes a spin with his teammates

Islanders defenseman Mark Streit has missed the entire

Islanders defenseman Mark Streit has missed the entire 2010-11 season so far with a shoulder injury suffered in training camp. Photo Credit: Joe Rogate

The Islanders defenseman is not close to returning to action, but he did get the go-ahead to skate with a dozen of his teammates in an optional practice today at the Coliseum.

Streit has been out all season after shoulder surgery in September. He will see his doctor in a week for an update, and after that, he may be cleared to practice fully with his teammates. But there is no timetable for his return.

"It's easier for me to get out there with the guys," Streit said. "I've been skating on my own, four times a week. It was fun to do."

Streit's team is still mired in 13th in the East, 13 points from a playoff spot with25 games left. There would seem to be no rush for him to play this season. But he has a different view.

"When you have an injury like this, you set a goal. Mine was to play this season," he said. "Maybe some other people don't agree, but I'm a player. I want to play. And we'll see where that goes."

He did say that he has had no setbacks in his recovery and that he can skate and take wrist shots and what he called "half-slappers" and feels no pain the next day.

"Physical contact, obviously, it's a different story. But I haven't had any setbacks, any pain at all whether it was lifting weights the first time, working out, skating or shooting pucks," he said. "It's a big positive for me, not just for now but in the future."

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